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runner safety cannot be guaranteed. but for many runners, that's the appeal. >> are you aware of the danger involved? >> i am aware of the danger. and to some degree, that's some of the thrill and excitement about it. >> now, that will do it for us today. thanks so much for watching. we're going to turn it over to our colleague, fredricka whitfield. hey, fred. >> good to see you both. thank you so much. have a great rest of the day and tomorrow morning we'll watch you again. hello and welcome, everyone, to the cnn newsroom. the top stories we're following at this hour. president obama discusses the syria crisis with his national security team. that after reports the syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons, killing hundreds of people. in california a raging wildfire is exploding in size and spreading inside yosemite national park. plus, it has been 50 years since martin luther king, jr. made his famous "i have a dream" speech at the lincoln memorial,
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and thousands today are gathering on the washington mall to celebrate that historic event. we start in syria where the government is now accusing rebel forces of using chemical weapons. the claim comes as president obama meets with his national security team at the white house to talk about the reports of chemical weapons attacks by the syrian government. syrian state tv says soldiers found chemical weapons in tunnels used by rebels. cnn cannot confirm those claims or the authenticity of these images. the opposition claims government forces launched a nerve gas attack, killing hundreds of civilians. meanwhile a top u.n. official is in damascus today asking to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons by the syrian government. president obama sat down with our chris kuomo earlier and he
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said the u.s. is still gathering information on the attack. >> what we've seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern. and we are already in communications with the entire international community. we're moving through the u.n. to try to prompt better action from them, and we've called on the syrian government to allow an investigation of the site because u.n. inspectors are on the ground right now. >> the u.s. says it is realigning its naval forces in the mediterranean to keep the options open for an armed strike on syria on the table. in california now, a wildfire is tearing through parts of that state. the rim fire is burning so fast, it basically doubled in size in a day. at least 126,000 acres of forest have already been scorched. the fire has also spread inside the western edge of yosemite national park. nick valencia is just outside the park following the developments for us. so nick, how in control is it so
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far? >> reporter: it's still pretty bad out here, fred. the fire is just about 5% contained. the sun is now up, and it's given us a fresh perspective of just what firefighters are dealing with here. it's still soupy in this m atmosphere, lots of smoke, though. it's lifted in the last few hours, but take a look at this. we're at the edge of the rim fire that has devastated trees. it goes back hundreds and hundreds of yards, and it's doing this to the leaves, just singeing the edges of the leaves here. it's pretty impressive if you look at the pattern of the rim fire. just pan over here with me, jim. it jumpedov over the road, scorched that sign, but in the distance, still green trees. you never know exactly where it's going to go. just a short time ago, we saw about seven fire trucks from calfire and other local agencies rushing towards the fire area. and this fire is fastmoving,
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it's unforgiving, and one of the concerns at this hour is that it's eating away at the fringes of yosemite national park. that's the western edge of yosemite national park. though firefighters say those tourists who may be concerned about traveling there, it's farah way from the yosemite valley. it's still blue skies, no smoke, but in this area here in st stanislaw national forest a few hours outside yosemite, it's still very smoky and a lot of that is in the atmosphere. fred? >> so how are they going about trying to battle this blaze since it is a pretty good distance away from the tourist areas? >> reporter: that's right. you've got about 2,000 firefighters from local, federal and state agencies out here battling the flames. you also have fixed wing aircraft. earlier the last update we got from a federal agency, they give updates regularly, it was about ten years ago, but in that update they did give credit for
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that 5% containment to the usage of those fixed wing aircraft. so however fixed this projects is, it's good news for those fighting the flames. fred? >> thank you. we'll check back with you. is the weather going to offer any kind of relief for these firefighters? alexandra steel in the severe weather center. thunderstorms would be nice, but we also know oftentimes with that comes lightning. not good for trying to fight a fire like this. >> no, absolutely. things couldn't be worse, and you know, fred, it's the ultimate irony. what we've got, a, this monsoonal moisture coming in, and we actually have a tropical storm evo off the baja coast which will bring flooding rain, but not as far north and west, unfortunately, you can see where yosemite is. vegas and phoenix flooding rain so close, but certainly not going to be helpful. so the function of this and the sort of ex aspiration of this fire is sort of twofold. one, it's the winds.
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mostly they're coming from the southwest. when we talk about winds, we talk about the direction from which they're coming. meaning coming from the southwest moving toward the northeast, and it's that easterly push that has taken it now into yosemite. yesterday gusts about 27, 25 miles an hour. here's where the sustained winds will be today, about 5 to 15 miles an hour. gusts will be higher than that. what's also happening, you can see no rain at all, so it's also the winds in addition to this really rough terrain. the terrain here is channelling the winds. like if you're in new york city and you may be walking through some buildings through a narrow passa passageway, you notice the wind accelerates. that air comes through and it compresses or accelerates the wind, so that's what we're seeing as well. in addition to the winds, kind of coming from multiple directions as well. so really, nothing is helping weatherwise, that's for sure. so there's the focus for today, there's the storms, and unfortunately, no relief in sight, fred. >> boy. that is not what they needed to
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hear. thank you so much, alexandra steel. appreciate that. i have a dream. let freedom ring. meantime, in the nation's capitol, it looks like clear skies, very sunny. very nice day for thousands of people gathering on the national mall to mark the 50th anniversary in the march on washington. 50 years ago, martin luther king, jr. delivered his iconic "i have a dream" speech on the lincoln memorial. our chris is live on the mall. give us an idea of what the clouds a situation is looking like today. >> let me show you, just a beautiful day on the steps of the lincoln memorial. you can look over and see the tens of thousands of people who are lining this waterway as far as you can see, stretching all the way back to the washington monument. following the speeches here, the marchers are going to be walking past the martin luther king, jr.
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memorial to the monument. we just wanted to ask, what brought you down from new york? i know you were about ten years old 50 years ago during the march. do you think that the organizers then would have looked at the nation today and said, success, failure, or a mix of both? >> i think it would be a mix of both, because as they started out ten years ago, it was so that they could try to make things a little bit better. going forward, we probably did make things better, but now, as we're going with this situation that's going on now, things are trying to slip backwards. we need to all come together, step up together and work together to make sure that everyone is equal, equal for everyone. equal means everyone has anything they need to have. no laws for the -- less laws for the rich and more laws for the poor. that's not what the march is about. the march is for equal equality for everyone.
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ten years ago and this morning, i remember when i was putting on my shoes that parents 50 years ago, when they were putting on their shoes, they did not have the cushions that we have to march in, so i was really full with trying to understand them marching, and i have some cushions marching 50 years ago, marching in their shoes, but god is good. >> thank you so much. and obviously, a lot of things on the table, fred. not only civil rights, which is the main focus and jobs 50 years ago, but now it's expanded to not only include that, but immigration, civil rights for gays and lesbians. it's a broad spectrum of causes and issues that are being brought out here today. fred? >> chris lawrence, keep us posted throughout the morning and afternoon. this will be a very long program. included in today's program, congressman john lewis. he will be taking to the stage. the only living speaker from 50
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years ago who will be there in washington for this commemorative march. we'll be taking his comments live as it happens. after 34 years in politics, bob filner is out o a job. the mayor of san diego announced he is stepping down. his last day, august 30th. it comes after weeks of accusations that he sexually harassed 18 women. after resigning, filner called himself a victim. cnn's casey wian is live in san diego to explain this. filner didn't go quietly, did he? >> he certainly did not, fredricka. he blamed his behavior on an effort to try to establish personal relationships, and he also talked about a combination of awkwardness and hubris. well, the speech he gave to the city council right after his resignation yesterday, you could use those same two words, awkwardness and hubris, to describe the sort of apology he first gave and then blaming other people for his troubles.
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let's listen. >> i started my political career facing lynch mobs. and i think we have just faced one here in san diego. and you're going to have to deal with that. in a lynch mob mentality, rumors become allegations, allegations become facts, facts become evidence of sexual harassment, which have led to demands for my resignation and recall. >> reporter: filner also said that despite those apologies for his behavior, he claims he never sexually harassed anyone. nonetheless, the city council voted 7-0 to accept his resignation and help him fight the sexual harassment lawsuit, the one that he is facing so far. we don't know if the other 17 that have come forward and publicly accused him of inappropriate behavior are going
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to file suits. we do know, though, that his troubles are far from over. he's facing criminal investigations as well, fredricka. >> just the tip of the iceberg. casey wian, thank you so much from san diego. later, he is known as the dean of the civil rights movement. i'll talk to the reverend joseph lowry on the status of the movement since the march on washington. and next, she is a hero in an armed school standoff. cnn reunited antoinette huff with the woman she helped. how they got through the ordeal. hey linda! what are you guys doing? having some fiber!
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president obama said he'll invite antoinette tuft to the white house. she is that bookkeeper at the atlanta elementary school that was stormed by a gunman tuesday. she was able to talk the suspect into surrendering to police without injuring anyone. and cnn was there when the president called tuff when she was in the makeup room before an interview with cnn. and the president tells our
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chris kuomo in an interview later, tuff is a hero. >> when i heard the 911 call and the sequence of events, i thought, here's somebody who is not just courage and not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about them. and, you know, i told her, i said that not only did she make michelle and me proud, but she probably saved a lot of lives. >> and at the end of antoinette's call to 911 was a dispatcher who also played a key role in keeping the students at mcnair discovery learning academy safe. martin savage takes a look at the incident and brings us the moment the two women met face to face. >> held lorlo, fredricka. antoinette tuff has become an
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inspiration for so many people because of what she went through, but she will tell you she didn't act alone. there were other people involved. and one of those was another voice of another woman, the 911 operator, and for the first time those two got to meet. it was an amazing moment only on cnn. for the first time, antoinette tuff, the coolest, calmest hero you've ever heard, meets the 911 operator who had been the other voice at the end of that emergency call. >> we made it. >> we did. >> kendra mccray said like everyone else, she was in awe of tuff. >> she is a true hero. >> reporter: the two women recalling for anderson cooper the horror of that day. >> she said, he's right here at the door, and i can see him through her words. >> reporter: but the fear was never evident in the 911 call that has riveted america. >> he just went outside and started shooting. >> reporter: his first shot was in the floor just a few feet away. >> he actually took the shot to
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allow me and the other person that was in there to know that this was not a game and that he was not playing, and that he was serious. >> reporter: she also knew the lives of 800 students hung in the balance. >> and he actually went to that door with the gun drawn to start shooting. then i started talking to him saying, come back in, stay with me. don't go anywhere, stay in here. >> reporter: so began one of the most frightening and fascinating negotiations ever recorded. >> he said to tell them to back off. he didn't want the didkids. he wants the police. so back off. >> reporter: the toughest thing was watching the man methodically loading the gun. >> he had bullets everywhere, so i knew in that last call, he was going to go. he had loaded up to go. >> reporter: yet instead of feeling fear or anger, tuff said she felt compassion, recalling
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her own personal heartbreaks, even contemplating suicide. >> i had been in that devastating moment when all of the things happened to me. so i knew that that could have been my story. >> reporter: just before her cnn interview, tuff got another surprise, ironically, over the phone from the president of the united states. >> he just wanted to let me know that him and his wife and his family was very proud of what i did and everybody wanted to thank me. >> reporter: tuff gives all credit to her faith, believing her role was part of a heavenly plan. >> i feel like i helped somebody in need, that god was able to use me, and it was an honor to be able to be used. >> reporter: the suspect had walked in with an assault rifle ready to kill. but in the end was no match for a bookkeeper armed with love. >> let me tell you something, this was the most stressful day of my life. >> but you did great.
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you did great. >> oh, god. >> reporter: will you say to me one more time, baby, everything is going to be okay. >> baby, everything is going to be okay. antoinette tells a moving story that it was actually a sermon she heard in church about god was an anchor in terms of stress and difficulty. it turns out the sermon was delivered the sunday before all this happened. talk about things happening for a reason. fredricka? >> no kidding. she was an angel. thanks very much, martin savage. appreciate that. later, the cost of college keeps going up. we'll outline the president's plan to help students find the best value for their education dollar. also, who is watching what you click on and when you're on line? how your privacy is being compromised for profit, and worst perhaps, the reverend joseph lowery. he helped organize the original
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now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation. >> you're looking at live pictures right now today of the reflecting pool at the washington mall. you see the washington monument in the background. on the steps of the lincoln memorial, people will be taking to the stage again this year, 50 years after the march on washington, the historic march on washington. and one of the men who didn't speak on that day, but he was will and he was one who helped
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organize the 1963 march on washington was the reverend joseph lowery. he is known today as the dean of civil rights. i got a chance to ask lowery about his memories of the march and his thoughts on the movement 50 years later. >> it was a beautiful experie e experience, black and white. we estimated maybe a fourth or more were white people, then we had brown people, red people, yellow people, and of course black people. and they came from all parts of the country. >> do you remember where you were in that crowd near that stage? >> no, i've tried to find myself in several pictures, i haven't found myself yet. but i know i was there. we must not forget the message of the march. and that's why we're going back
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to not just repeat but to continue what we started in 1963. the battle is not over. the song has not ended. we've come a long way. as a matter of fact, in the 1980s, i wrote a speech called "everything has changed and nothing has changed." it's just as appropriate today. we've got now, in 2013, we've got more black police officers than we ever had. we've got mo yet we've got more racial profiling. we have more black officials than we ever had, yet we have more people to take away our vote. everything is saved and nothing is saved.
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>> so you're one of a kind. your fellow civil rights soldiers are one of a kind. congressman lewis, martin luther ki king, jr., anthony young. but as you look at the landscape of today, is there anyone that you think, or are there any people that you think can kind of fill your shoes? >> oh, i think god always has a ram in the bush. and at the proper time, god will bring forth people. i'm confident that when we ha-- have another martin luther king? doubt f doubtful. but we don't need another martin luther king. we have his speeches, we have his spirit. we didn't know there would be a barack obama until the last minute. >> that makes me think of when you were participating on that
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inauguration day, and the shadows of the capitol are directly in line with the lincoln memorial and that reflecting pool. did you think about all that's taken place in your lifetime within that 50-year span and your participation in it? >> i have been told that when i got up there, i could see both the lincoln memorial and the washington monument. there was a little haze and it wasn't very clear, it was cold that day, and these old eyes had been straining for 88 years at the time. and i didn't see it as clearly as i wanted to, but god moves in a mysterious way. he let me hear what i couldn't see. and i heard, as i was standing
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in the voice of a young preacher, 40 years earlier standing at the lincoln memorial, summoning the nation to come up out of the valley of race and color to the higher ground of content of character. i heard those words while i stood there on that portico. america is going to one day let justice roll down like water. we've come a long way. because everything has changed in spite of the fact that nothing has changed. >> reverend lowery, thank you so much. what a pleasure. >> you're welcome. thank you, thank you. >> and justice lowery one of the speakers today. stay with us, i'll speak to delegate holmes morton, another person who helped organize the 1963 march on washington. and later, can you imagine
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syria today.
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they cannot determine the authenticity of the pictures, but the opposition claims the syrian government launched a nerve gas attack this week, killing hundreds of civilians. in california, a raging wildfire is burning. it has scorched at least 125,000 acres of forest so far and has now started to burn inside yosemite national park. a state of emergency has been declared for the san francisco area because the fire is threatening the city's power and water supplies. and number 3, 50 years ago, martin luther king, jr. delivered his iconic "i have a dream" speech at the lincoln memorial, and thousands of people are gathered on the washington mall today to remember the march on washington and how it changed u.s. history. and number 4, san diego's mayor resigned in disgrace. bob filner agreed to step down as part of an agreement with the city council. 18 women have accused filner of sexually harassing them. after resigning, filner called
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himself a victim of a, quote, lynch mob and political coup. filner's last day is friday. and number 5, one of paula deen's legal problems is apparently resolved. the lawsuit that led to revelations as the celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past is being dismissed with prejudice. that means it cannot be filed again. it is not clear if deen will be paying a settlement to the former employee that filed that suit, but a federal court website does label the filing a, quote, settlement agreement. all right, when you think of boxing, who can forget mike tyson? well, guess what, the man who once ruled the ring is now getting back into boxing. cnn sports reporter joe carter has the inside story on that and other sports ns in our bleacher report. >> reporter: well, fredricka, the mike tyson of today bears little resemblance to the man
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who threatened to commit suicide five years ago. his latest venture, iron mike productions kicked off last night with a widely televised fight. he will continue his one-man traveling stage show. he has a documentary airing on fox, and his memoir is coming out in november. trending this morning on, in connecticut the little league will be playing in the championship today after a thrilling win yesterday. they were trailing by 7 runs, but in the fifth inning, chad nye hit a home run. and then he did it again. those boys are going to play l tulla vista, california today. a rookie finally made it to the big leagues last night for the astros.
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clark has been in the minors for s 11 years now. his family came from arkansas. certainly a great story. >> we love those stories of inspiration. thanks, joe. appreciate that. president obama is making college more affordable. how he plans to do that, next.
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usually wall street in august is pretty quiet but not this week.
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mirabella aber explains there were some technical glitches for traders and wall street was in a negative mood. >> the dow posted its third week decline, abercrombie & fitch raised forecasts raising concerns about consumer spending. the federal reserve added insult to injury when the minutes from the last meeting provided little clarity on when the central bank will pull back on its stimulus program. one of the biggest stories of the week was what didn't happen on wall street, and that's trading. at least temporarily. nasdaq was halted for three hours on thursday. investors couldn't trade shares of apple, google, microsoft and other 2700 nasdaq-listed stocks anywhere in the world. nasdaq officials blame a technical glitch. big changes for microsoft's ceo steve balmer will retire within a year. a successor hasn't been named yet, but bill gates will be involved in the hiring process. microsoft has lost more than half its market value since balmer became ceo in 2000 but he's also had some good wins
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like windows 7, xbox and kinnect. yahoo was one of the biggest sights on wall street. 196 million people went to yahoo compared to 192 million for google. they've made big changes since they took over a troubled company last year. that's the wrap-up on wall street. fredricka, back to you. one of the big things investors will be looking for next week is the gdp number. that's the big measure on how the u.s. economy is doing overall. that's due out next thursday. president barack obama spent part of his week focusing on the high coast of a college education. during his interview with cnn's chris kuomo, he laid out three things the administration is doing to help students. first, he wants to develop a new rating system which shows which schools are graduating students on time and provide the best value for the money.
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second, he wants to work with schools to find ways to reduce cost. this may include developing more on-line options. and third, the president wants to expand a program that caps payments for student loans at 10% of a graduate's income. in the end, he wants to reward schools that are performing well. >> once we develop the rating systems, part of what we're going to argue to congress is that we should tie in some way the way federal financial aid flows to schools that are doing really well on this and not so much on schools that aren't. so if a school has a higher default rate than it does a graduation rate, then we should give them a chance to improve, but ultimately we don't want kids saddled with debt, we want them to actually get a degree and get a good job. >> the president's interview with our chris kuomo. the internet holds information about you that you may not have shared with anyone. how you're being watched with every click, next.
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in san diego, family and friends of 16-year-old hannah anderson are hold ag memorial service for her mother and brother. it's been nearly six weeks since their charred remains were found. christine and a ethan were killed by family friend james dimaggio. he was spotted and killed by the fbi. the public memorial begins later on today. over the next three hours, we'll take a close look at security on line, yours and your children's. we start with web tracking. a top foreman shows us how you're being watched with every click. >> worth more than the company that produced the star wars films, more than mcdonald's makes in a year, even more than
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ferrari. that is how valuable internet advertising has become, raking in well over $30 billion annually, spurring a gold rush among companies for information about you. >> just in the last couple of years, we've seen a real explosion and sophistication in targeting technologies. he is with the department of technology. >> let's see how this works. imagine there is a couple out there expecting a baby, and they go on line immediately to look up the word pregnancy. what happens? >> right away they've shared with google that they're interested in pregnancy. so they can add that to the profile and then i start clicking on links. >> with every click powerful marketing companies drop electronic cookies onto our couple's track to record their browsing history, what they looked at and for how long, and how much they spend. some may even link to the couple's real world shopping habits, noting that they purchased a home pregnancy test.
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ask sudden and suddenly in their e-mails, on their smartphones, on social media sites comes an avalanche of ads for baby strollers, car seats, cribs and much more. >> and all of this could happen before the couple even tells their family that they're pregnant. >> yeah, there are hundreds of companies in the advertising game, and they could drop a cookie saying this person is searching pregnancy. >> if you search for something more delicate like sexually transmitted disease or escorts, those, too, would be tracked and all of this is drawing attention of the federal trade commission. >> they may be very concerned if their children's information is tracked in this way, and there is also questions about who this information is given to. can your employer get it, can your insurer get it and learn all about its habits. >> still, the government is counting on the ad agency to control itself even as it gets
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steadily better at tracking your every move, purchase and click. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> what about your e-mail? can you expect any privacy there? tom foreman looks at that question in the next hour of the cnn bradley manning, quesz what, he makes a big announcement. he says he wants a transition from being a man to a woman and wants to change his name. our legal guys are here to preview and we're going to talk about this next hour. >> legally, can he quit the
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army? we've got the legal answers. >> an uphill battle and or will is there some precedence his change must be paid for p. >> 35 years in ft. levinworth, wanting to go from bradley to chelsea, isn't that special. not going to happen. >> okay. comedy. we'll be takinging it seriously. we've got great ideas on these legal cases, plus, the case of a woman accused of illegally assisting her dad's suicide because she handed him his prescription painkiller. we'll get into that coming up. we'll see you at the top of the hour. just a few minutes away. nine minutes waway. and arctic ice.
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our segment the science behind. today, a public observation by nasa. scientists say the icecap over the arctic is melting at an alarming pace, but can we link this to global warming? chad myers has his take on the issue. >> nasa scientists are on the front line of a major issue. arctic sea ice. one researcher said the prognosis going forward isn't good. >> this year, there's a little more ice. the bad news is the ice isn't recovering and we're still on one of those years that's low in terms of extent and the ice is
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really thin still. >> that's the one question i wanted to ask you. we can see the square footage, but can we see how thick it is? >> we have a couple of ways. we have a mission that flies out with an airplane and bounces lasers and radars. you also measure the per ma frost. i'm concerned about this permafrost and methane. what can you see with your equipment? >> also remember as the sea ice retreats, you start to transfer that water on to the land and increase the thawing rate and the methane. we study the permafrost in a couple of different ways. as it thaws, it releases water that causes rapid erosion. we measure the depth of the
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earth's surface. you get a density change. can we put this together with global warming? >> sure. one of the things we try to do is understand the specific connections between the warming of the planet and the poles. release the heat from global warming there and it gets cycled through the atz sphere and the poles are like the canary in the coal mine. they melt first. we're seeing more surface melting where literally the top layer of the ice is forming a pond. in addition to just melting the ice and losing it, that lets more sun light through to the ocean and changes the basic part of the food web. >> your orbiting satellite, we're not just looking at the top of the world all the time. have you seen anywhere where the ice is expanding? >> there's been a couple of
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studies that have come out that have done planet wide surveys using multiple different techniques. satellites like grace which detect changes in mass loss. satellites that use a laser to measure the height of the ice itself. s satellites like landsat that take pictures of the ice. when you put those studies together, we are losing ice from pretty much everywhere and i feel like it's our job to irn form the public. >> and now, we're just weeks away from a major climate report that may show us how stark the reality going forward may be. book to you. >> thank you so much, chad. and 50 years after the march on washington, we're taking you to the nation's capitol. the reflecting pool right now with those live pictures. we're watching the developments there at the lincoln memorial when we come right back. sfrz
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. a storm knocked a florida fisherman out of his boat, but he was able to stay afloat without a life vest for 24 hours and now, he explains what that terrifying moment was like. >> when it first happened, i said maybe a got a half an hour, 20 minutes without a life vest on or anything. made my mind up. i'm not going to give up and like i said, somebody's going to have to pull me down and drown me. >> thankfully for him, a family on a fishing trip saw him in the water and then pulled him on
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board. hello, again, everyone. we're in a new hour. here are the top stories we're following for you in the cnn news room. president obama discusses the syria crisis with his national security team. that after reports the syrian government used chemical weapons, killing hundreds of people. in california, a raging wildfire is exploding in zenaida size and spreading. and bradley manning has been sentenced for 35 years, but now says he wants to live as a woman and is requesting hormone therapy. all that and more straight ahead. we start with the crisis in syria. president barack obama met with his national security team at the white house today to talk about reports of a chemical
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weapons attack by the syrian government. but syrian state tv says soldiers found chemical weapons in tunnels used by rebels. cnn cannot confirm those claims or the authenticity of these images. these are images from that alleged attack by the government forces. a top u.n. official is in damascus today asking to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons. back home, president obama sat down with chris cuomo earlier and he said the u.s. is still gathering information on that attack. >> if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country without a u.n. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law support it, do we have the coalition to make it work and you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account. now, this, well, this latest
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event the something we've got to take a look at. >> the u.s. says it is realigning its naval forces in the medicine terrterranean to k strike on the table. in california, a wildfire is burning almost out of control through parts of that state. the rim fire is burning so fast, it doubled in size in a day. at least 126,000 acres of forest have been scorched. the fire has been spread inside the western edge and nick is joining us. how are they trying to get a handle of this blaze? >> reporter: well, the problem is and the concern is fred, is that it's so fast moving and so large. the rim fire has the potential of being one of the largest wildfires in the history of the state of california. just take a look at what it did
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to this area. we're on the edge of a charred out part of the national forest where the rim fire was unforgiving to these trees here. potentially ruining all of this land. this goes back hundreds and hundreds of yard, fred, but if you look here at the earth and the fuel that the fire had to work with, you see that this area didn't really have much fuel. you peel back the layers here and t darker on top. you get back to the dirt there, it could have been much worse is the point of it, but the pattern this fire took at least here in this part, it's very strange. you see charred out trees and then on the other side, untouched trees. trees that are just green. the concern at this hour though is that they stop the potential for this to enfringe further on yosimite national park. the valley right now where most of the tourists gather, it appears to be untouched. still blue skies there. here, the smoke is still making the atmosphere soupy, but it is starting to rise as the day goes
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on. >> so, nick, san francisco, about 200 miles away, yet a state of emergency has been declared there. explain why. >> reporter: the san francisco area, the water and power, come from this area. so some of the generators that produce electricity for the cable cars and street lights in san francisco, comes from this area and those power generators were threatened. that led to the governor of california declaring that state of emergency and san francisco is a long ways away from here. about 200 miles away from here. that also gives you the perspective about how much of an impact this fire is having. >> keep us posted. we're wishing the best for those firefighters battling this blaze. >> absolutely. >> i have a dream. let freedom ring. >> and now, on the east coast
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today, thousands of people are gathering on the national mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. 50 years ago, martin luther king jr. delivered his iconic i have a dream speech at the lincoln memorial. chris lawrence is live for us in washington. it looks like the turnout has been pretty significant when the camera is looking at the reflecting pool and seeing all the people, but now, we're looking towards the lincoln memorial there, where a number of speakers will be taking to the stage there. >> that's right. nancy pelosi, the former house speaker, just left the stage just a few seconds ago. we'll step away and sort of give you a wide view of this incredible, stunning view here in the nation's capitol. the reflecting pool and down the mall of course, the washington monument, where this march will end. after the speakers finish up here, over the next hour or two, they will start to retrace the steps of the march, but they will go by the martin luther
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king jr. memorial. pause there and then continue on to the monument. earlier, we heard from attorney general eric holder, who took the stage and sort of related what this day meant for him. >> surely those who stood on the mall in the summer of 1963, but we must also remember those who road buses, who sat at lunch counters, who stood up to racist governments and governors and tragically those who gave their lives. we must remember generations who carry carried themselves on a day-to-day basis with great dignity in the face of unspeakable injustice. sacrificing their own ambitions so that the opportunities of future generations would be assured. but for them, i would not be attorney general of the united states and barack obama would not be president of the united states of america.
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>> and one of the feelings we're getting from the folks here is that the country has come a long way in the last 50 years, but at the same time, there are individual issues and causes they feel still have a ways to go. >> thanks so much. of course, we're going to continue to monitor the events there. there are a number of speakers we're going to bring to you live include thag of congressman john lewis. the only living speaker from 50 years ago that will be taking the stage today. bob filner will be out of a job beginning next friday, but not out of the spotlight. the mayor still faces possible lawsuits over the sexual harassment allegations from 18 women. plus, he's the target of a criminal investigation. yesterday, the city council announced his resignation. he apologized for his offensive behavior, but he denied there was harassment. >> not one allegation members of
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the council, has ever been independently verified or proven in court. i have never sexually harassed anyone. >> the city council will hold a special election to find a new mayor. just a couple of hours from now, a community near san diego will pause to remember the mother and brother of hannah anderson at a memorial service. the bodies of christina and ethan anderson were found in the charred house of kidnap and murder suspect, james dimaggio. dimaggio is suspected of killing them before allegedly kidnapping hannah and fleeing to idaho. after being spotted there, the fbi shot him dead and hannah was returned to her family. stephanie elam joins us now from california. this is a public memorial, right? how has this town come together?
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>> when you take a look at the story, it's a small community outside of san diego and when you look at the story and realize it's been three weeks since christina and her son, ethan, were found dead in that house some 40 miles away from here, it's time for the family to come together and mourn and remember them and they want the community to be a part of that, too. we are outside of the guardian angels catholic church here where the memorial service is going to happen. they say they can fit about 500 people inside, but they expect it could be about 1,000 people that show up and will overflow outside here of the church so they can remember christina, who was 44, and ethan, who was 8. and also just putting some focus here, the family says, on remembering all the good these two people brought to their worlds because they said there's been too much focus on the negativity brought into their lives by james dimaggio.
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families, dna tests of hannah anderson. this story, this event in her life takes so many twists and turns. what is the latest on that? >> it's a very c-- story. the sister of jim dimaggio has requested this dna test to find out if he was in fact the father of hannah and ethan. hannah's grandparents, i spent some time with this week, tina's parents, they're saying that's just ridiculous. they don't think jim met them until she was six months pregnant with hannah. i also had a conversation with the aunt of jim dimaggio and she thinks the niece is just trying to go after money because in one insurance policy jim dimaggio had, he left it to the mother of brett anderson. the family is all together
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saying they don't think it has anything to do with anything based in reality. >> all right. thanks so much. 1963. she helped organize the march on washington. well, today, she is a delegate representing the nation's capitol. coming up, eleanor holmes norton joins me live at the 50th anniversary of the march with her reflections on civil rights then and now, but first, raging wildfires consuming acres of land and more than a billion dollars. we'll take a look at the high cost of fighting those flames. here we honor the proud accomplishments of our students and alumni. people like, maria salazar, an executive director at american red cross. or garlin smith, video account director at yahoo. and for every garlin, thousands more are hired by hundreds of top companies. each expanding the influence of our proud university of phoenix network.
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firefighters last year, about 10,500 last year, down to 10,000. why is that burning up so fast? several reasons. one, global warming accord iingo many scientists is making the forest more likely to burn, more dry. secondly, we have suppressed fire so aggressively over the years that many scientists say we've built up a tremendous amount of underbrush and trees that really should have naturally burned a long time ago, so when these fires ignite, they're explosive and expensive to fight, but we have to fight them because we've also built homes out into the wild lands enough that there's tremendous pressure to defend against these fires. what's the result? take a look. 1985. all the fires in this country added up to a space of about connecticut. it didn't cost us this much to fight them. those fires cost us about $240 million to fight. come forward to last year and because of all those factors, we had about three connecticuts
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worth of fire to fight across this country. was the cost three times as much? no, it was not. that would have been put it about right who are if it were just three times as much. if we factor in inflation, it would still be about up to here. but the ups and downs of all the ye years and where we wind up now, we come wup almost $2 billion fighting fires this year. and that's also being reflected on the local level. simple truth is fighting fires, acre per acre is getting more costly and unless conditions change, that's going to continue. >> thanks so much. >> now to the nation's capitol. congressman john lewis there returning to a spot where he spoke 50 years ago at the march on washington, now again at the lincoln memorial. >> asian american or native american, it doesn't matter whether we're straight or gay. we are one family, one people, one house. we all live in the same house.
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so, i said to you, my brothers and sisters, we cannot give up! we cannot give out! we cannot give in. we must get out there and push and pull. now, i, a few short years ago, almost 48 years ago, almost 50 years ago, i gave a little blood on that bridge in selma, alabama, for the right to vote. i am not going to stand by and let the supreme court take the right to vote away from us. you cannot stand by. you cannot sit down. you've got to stand up. speak up. speak out. and get in the way. make some noise.
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the vote is precious. it is almost sacred. it is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society and we've got to use it. back in 1963, we hadn't heard of the internet. we didn't have a cellular telephone, ipad, ipod, but we used what we had to bring about a nonviolent revolution and i said to all of the young people, you must get out there and push and pull and make america what america should be. for all of us. we must say to the congress, fix the voting rights act. we must say to the congress, pass comprehensive immigration reform. it doesn't make sense that many of our people are living in the shadow.
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bring them out into light and set them on a path to citizenship. so, hang in there. keep the faith. i got arrested 40 times during the '60s. beaten, bloody and unconscious, but i'm not tired, i'm not weary, i'm not prepared to sit down and give up. i am ready to fight and continue to fight and you must fight. thank you very much. >> john lewis there returning to the very place where as a very young man, he represented the student nonviolence committee there 50 years ago today back as a u.s. congressman representing the state of georgia. returning to the lincoln memorial there. we're going to continue to watch the march on washington today
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after a number of speakers there taking to the podium there at the lincoln memorial. they'll be trying to repeat the march by making a stop though at the martin luther king memorial along the way. we'll continue to try to take you there to the nation's capitol. coming up, your free e-mail service may actually have a huge price. your privacy. ahead, who can see your messages and what you can do about it. but first, he wants to live life as a woman, but he'll have to do it behind bars. the soldier serving time plans to fight to get female hormones while in prison. our legal guys weigh in on that case. this week, a cnn hero saw refugee girls in urban chicago struggling to get an education and fit in to their new community, so she reached out to those who desperately need a place to call home. >> my family come to america because we want a better life. >> want to go there?
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the u.s. army says it's not going to provide hormone replacement therapy for bradley manning. he wants to transition from being a man to a woman and plans to change his name to chelsea, but he'll be doing that from the military prison in kansas. he's facing a 35-year sentence after being convicted of leaking classified documents to wikileaks. chris lawrence has more. >> the battle lines are drawn. bradley manning wants hormone therapy and his friends say he needs it. >> this is a medical necessity. >> lauren chatted online with manning and testified in his defense. she also transitioned from male the female. >> just because they're in prison, similar to denying them treatment for depression. >> but the army has never provided hormone replacement therapy to any soldier. prison officials tell us manning
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will wear the standard prison uniform at the all male prison and will not receive the hormones he says he needs to transition to a woman. >> he would have a better shot in a federal or state prison. >> an attorney fought and won the right for one of his clients to get hormones in massachusetts. state and federal prisons don't have a blanket ban on the therapy like the military. consistent injections can cost thousands of dollars and taxpayers have been paying for prisoner's therapy for years. >> it can't just be him stating he wants to get this. this medication. it needs to be a prescription. >> but several military doctors have already diagnosed him with gender identity disorder. while he was deployed to iraq, he e-mailed this foe toy to his sergeant and described wanting to live as a woman. >> this was often pushed aside
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because the unit was underpowered. >> so he stayed in iraq and later became the man behind the largest leak in history. legal experts tell us it's that crime and manning's behavior while being held that will determine whether he's paroled. they don't believe his gender identity issues will be a huge factor. >> his lawyer says he hopes the ar my will do the right thing and provide his client with hormone replacement therapy. if not, the lawyer says he'll do what he can to force the army to pay. let's bring in our legal guys. good to see you. >> okay, so let's talk about in
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what way federal taxpayer dollars could pay for this. whether it be the military decide okay, it will happen while in a military prison or federal prison. what's that issue here? where he would serve his time or who would pay for this hormone therapy or both? >> he's going to serve his time no matter what. althou although ironically with good behavior, he could be out in seven years from now. i don't know if it will happen, but the big difference is that under federal law, at least if he were a civilian, there would be a so-called article 3 making those decisions. here, it's governed under article 2, the military itself. is there a right. the case is unprecedented because there is no case in american history when it comes to military law that would afford him this and he has what they call gender disforarea. it is a condition, but he argued that during this trial, what
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does this have to do with leaking documents. the judge was right, it's got nothing to do with anything. he's not going to get treatment. thooes going to get counseling. >> you say no precedence in military i guess prison, but there is some in other jurisdictions, richard, so will it boil down to whether he should be in a federal institution some other institution than that of a military one in order for him to get this therapy? >> i don't know why it's going to boil down to that. he's going to be in ft. levinworth. there was one instance in massachusetts where a federal judge directed it for a civilian, but here, let's face it. he was convicted of six counts of violation of the espionage act, but illegally acquiring and transferring confidential information. he was sentenced to 35 years in prison, fred. now, i have clients in federal
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facilities who are complaining of federal facilities and it takes six months to get them to the infirmary. i got clines on lipitor, statins and can't get them for like ten months. it's absurd. some of these cases we cover, this is beyond insanity. there's no way that taxpayers are going to pay $100,000 for a gender transformation for this guy while he's in prison. if he wants to be chelsea, he can practice all he wants in ft. levinworth. then when he gets out, he can have the operation and he can pay for it. >> the issue has to be why now. why wouldn't this be addressed long before trial? long before sentencing? why now? why would his request be made
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now when the argument will be this is something you could have done long ago, right? >> he argued at trial that it was a defense. he said there was a connection. when he puts that wig and lipstick on, the guy's a dead ringer for tonya harding, isn't he? it didn't work. it was a silly defense, frankly. but again, understand the argument that it somehow impaired his ability to think correctly. it didn't work then. it's not going to work now. i think it's going absolutely nowhere. >> okay. all right. well, we're going to talk to you again. got another case to talk about. a very serious matter in about 15 minutes. we're going to talk about a case of assisted suicide and it has a lot of people talking and a lot of people feeling like they can see themselves in a very similar situation. and that includes a woman who says all she wanted to do was relieve her terminally ill dad of his suffering, so now, she's facing up to ten years in prison for allegedly handing him a vial
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washington and reflecting on how life has changed. on to california now, a raging wildfire is burning almost unchecked. at least 126,000 acres of forest have been scorched so far and it has now started to burn inside the western edge of yosemite national park. a state of emergency has been declared for the san francisco area because the fire is threatening the city's power and water supplies. three, president obama met with his national security team today to talk about syria. syrian state tv says soldiers have found chemical weapons in tunnels used by rebels. it showed video of the alleged storage dens, but cnn cannot confirm the authenticity of the pictures. the opposition claims the syrian government launched a nerve gas attack this week, killing hundreds of civilians. 50 years ago, she helped organize the march on washington. well, today, she is a delegate representing the nation's
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we're taking you live to the nation's capitol right there. martin luther king iii, he was only about 6 years old when his dad, dr. martin luther king jr., took to the steps there delivering his iconic i have a dream speech and now, 50 years later, dr. king's son, martin luther king iii now in his footsteps at the lincoln memorial on the nation's national mall. let's listen in. >> that anthem of the movement. people, get ready, there's a train a coming.
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people, get ready, there's a train acoming. a train that takes us to a land where we have decent houses and not dope houses. a land where we have schools that teach our children and not do not defeat our children. a land where we have enterprising entrepreneurs and not incarcerated inmates. a land where we have fathers who create stable families and do not merely procreate innocent babies. yes, a train to the freedom land. 50 years ago, martin luther king jr. boldly ignited a mighty torch to god our freedom to our freedom train land here and we are today standing in the midst of that eternal flame. if we could all but catch a flicker from that ferocious flame of freedom, we could each light a small candle of courage and in our own voice, cry, this little light of mine, i'm going
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to let it shine. if we each let our own little light shine, then we shall truly overcome. yes, if we each do our own small part in our home, in our churches, in our schools, on our jobs, on our organizations, in every aspect of our lives, to advance the cause of freedom, then surely, a change is going to come and take it from me, some day, we will all be free and on that triumphant day, we will offer up our praise to the god of our weary years, the god of our silenced years, who has brought us thus far along the way and together, we as a people, we as a nation and indeed, we as a world, will proclaim in unison, mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord. glory, glory, hallelujah.
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glory, glory, hallelujah. glory, glory, hallelujah. his truth is marching own. god bless you. >> echoing the words of his dad, martin luther king jr., martin luther king iii now leaving the stage there. the very place where 50 years ago, it was his father leading that i have a dream speech and that moment that is just indelible there. the march on washington now being repeated. one of the people who is commemorating the occasion is a long time activist herself. a delegate in the u.s. house of representivities for the district of columbia and someone who was an organizer for that 1963 march on washington. eleanor holmes norton joining us live from washington. delegate holmes norton, good to see you. you look so cool on a day that's so hot. >> good to be out here 50 years later, i have to tell you that.
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>> what is that moment like to see martin luther king iii there commemorating 50 years after his dad took to the stage there, resognating not just in washington, d.c. not just nationally, but globally? >> martin luther king would have been proud of martin luther king iii, the same themes and recognized whose son he was out there. up there just now. >> does it seem like it's been 50 years? you were one of the organizers of that march, 1963. what are you reflecting on as you look out there on the ground and see so many people? does it take you back to that day, 50 years ago? >> well, it does. i was a law student. on the staff of the -- and i came up from mississippi where i
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had been working with the student nonviolent coordination committee in the mississippi delta, and i was standing right up there near the lincoln statue where the people are gathered all on the steps then. i guess post 9/11, you can't have them so close, and i remember that the best view was not when i would come down and look up. the best view was when i would look out and see that the march, which had a lot of doubt hanging over it, would people really come, because there had never been a mass march on washington before for any cause. would they come? how would they be received and here, i could not see the end of the people. march by any measure had been a success, more people for any cause had gathered on this space 50 years ago. >> we thank you for taking the
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time now to help us remember that day 50 years ago and educate many of us who don't remember it, but know of its power in the history books. thanks so much. our live coverage of the march in washington continues next hour. former d.c. mayor, marian berry, will be joining us live. he's now on the city council and has a unique civil rights history of his own in the nation's capitol. live in the 1:00 eastern hour. how much protein does your dog food have?
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her case is putting issue of aid in dying laws back in the spotlight. our legal guys are back. first of all, let's lay out the basic facts of this case. 57-year-old barbara mancini was helping to care for her terminally ill father in pennsylvania. prosecutors say she handed her dad a vial of morphine, which doctors had prescribed for him for his pain. medical records say he went into a coma shortly after taking the morphine, a hospice nurse called 911 and reported an attempted suicide. he died four days later. mancini's attorney said she was just trying to relieve her father's pain, but prosecutors say she caused or assisted his
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suicide and now, she could face up to ten years in prison if she is convicted. richard, this case centers on the fact she handed her dad that morphine. didn't necessarily administer it, but because she handed it to him, she was an accomplice, so to speak? >> that's the theory. the fact she gave him morphine because he was in pain, 93 years old and dying, prosecutors have discretion in whether to bring these cases or not. he lived for four days by the way after think brought him back to life in the hospital despite a nonresuscitation order. the problem here is the coroner who must be investigated. a lunatic who is running for congress in pennsylvania. his toxicology report claims cause of death was morphine, but we don't know was it at the time he entered the hospital or four days later when he died. the toxicology report is suspect
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as is the coroner. the prosecutor should never have brought this case. >> avery, it was a prescription, but is it being argued that the prescription was not administered correctly, the dose was too high or perhaps wasn't given at the correct amount at time or something to that effect? >> i don't think those issues are even relevant. this is one of the great issues that are legal and unethical, at the end of the day, short and sweet. how in the world she is charged with this is absolutely wrong. one terminally ill who is suffering excruciating pain has the right to death with dignity. she had power of attorney. four states wouldn't even let this kind of prosecution proceed. it is one of the great, important issues that need resolution by legislatures around the country. >> we'll try to stay abreast of that case.
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thanks so much, richard. avery, always good to see you. thanks so much. we have to shorten our time today because there's a whole lot going on. thanks so much. >> longer next week. >> okay. we'll work on that next weekend. the legal guys are here every saturday at about this time. just to give us their take on the most intriguing legal cases of the day, week, month, you name it. ♪
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product, you're not the customer. you're the product itself. ♪ >> what he means as this. for years, we thought of mail as private. but they're much more like postcards, easily read by anyone or any company between you and the person you're sending this message to and huge e-mail companies with millions of users do just that. with powerful computer, they scan every word for clues to help them sell precisely targeted ads, so if you write kayak, you'll soon see odds for river trips. have doubts? in a recent court action, google cited a decision stating users should have no legitimate expectation of privacy, so in terms of mining personal data --
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>> these services are big honey pots. >> he argues we should seek out more obscure e-mail providers, which have fewer users or better yet, use an e-mail program that lives in your computer, bypassing the middleman and he says we should start looking at encryption software that will garble every message so it can only be read by the person to whom it is being sent. mccarthy is part of a group developing something called mailpile, which they hope will offer a free alternative with lots of e-mail protection soon. >> we are fairly certain ha over the next month or so, technical people will start to be able to start using it and by january, we are hoping to launch it publicly. >> he believes if we want e-mail